Djokovic could face fine for umpire touch

Melissa Woods
Novak Djokovic could be in hot water after touching the chair umpire in the Australian Open final

World No.2 Novak Djokovic could face a hefty fine for touching chair umpire Damien Dumusois during a volatile Australian Open final on Sunday night.

The Serbian lost his cool after he was handed back-to-back time violations in the one game for taking too long to serve against Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem.

With the score locked at 4-4 in the second set, the second penalty came at break point and cost him a first serve, with Djokovic losing the game.

A furious Djokovic marched past the umpire's chair and tapped Dumusois's foot and sarcastically exclaimed to the French: "You made yourself famous, well done man".

Dumusois didn't react to Djokovic's comments or actions.

According to the official grand slam rule book, Djokovic could find himself facing a $20,000 fine, although penalties are discretionary.

The rules state: "Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a fine up to $20,000 for each violation."

Gunning for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park, Djokovic claimed the first set 6-4.

He took issue with the Rod Laver Arena crowd getting behind underdog Thiem, who had never won a grand slam.

Despite leading, Djokovic took aim at the fans during the first set when he felt his serves were interrupted by crowd.

"Shut the f*** up," he was heard saying.